JEFFERSON — The second week of May marks Wellness Week for the elementary schools of Jefferson Area School District. For an entire week the elementary students put a special focus on eating healthy and getting active during the school day. The students participated in a plethora of events including walks to the high school football stadium, games and outdoor activities, and listening to speakers from the Ashtabula County Health Department, as well as a physical therapist, on nutrition and taking care of the body. To make this week even more fun, district nurse Peggy Savarese, along with the faculty of Jefferson high school and Jefferson elementary school worked together to plan an event called the Friendship Walk.
The Friendship Walk, which took place on May 13, was a special event in which the Jefferson elementary students walked to the high school football field to participate in different activities, each of which were run by high school students and teacher volunteers. The Friendship Walk afforded each grade level at the elementary school, about 580 students, the opportunity to get active, as well as interact with the high school students.
There were five different activities taking place on the field, and the elementary classes rotated the stations for an entire hour of exercise. Activities included Spanish dancing taught by Stacy Alexander’s Spanish students; dodge ball, an art activity taught by Heather Holodniak’s junior high students; coordination activities taught by Louis Murphy; and a choreographed dance taught by Fred Burazer and the high school stage band.
Savarese said that Wellness Week is a great way to get the elementary students active and teach them the importance of taking care of their bodies. She also felt that it was important for the younger students to get the chance to interact with the high school students, and was very grateful to have such helpful volunteers at the Friendship Walk. “The elementary kids loved the event, and the volunteers were just wonderful. I cannot say enough about the staff and students at Jefferson High School,” Savarese said. “We have the best students in our school district, and their helpfulness made planning this event very easy and enjoyable.”